Fig Vodka Martini is a delightful, unique mixture of vodka, triple sec, fig preserves, apple and lime juices, but you can use any high quality fig jam or marmalade. If you love figs, you will love this easy cocktail. If you don't like figs, or think they don't belong in cocktails, as did I, read on and give it a chance.
Hello Friends. Geoffrey here again. It looks like I will be the official writer of our cocktail recipes. Not a bad thing since I need to drink them to write about them. If you have been following us for a while, you probably noticed that we started to share more cocktail recipes than in the past. There are two reasons for that. The first is that we didn’t really have many drinks & cocktail recipes here in the first place. The second reason is that over the last year we have discovered quite a number of unique, unusual cocktails that we love, and want to share them with you.
This Fig Vodka Martini is certainly one we want to share with you. It is a delightful, unique mixture of vodka, triple sec, apple and lime juices, and fig preserves. For this fig martini we use L'Epicurien Provence Black Fig Preserves, but you can use any high quality black fig jam, preserves, or marmalade, or even a fig chutney or fig & almond confit. Look at the ingredients before purchasing to check the fig fruit content verses the sugar, pectin, and other ingredients. You want a gourmet jam that is mostly figs and less if not zero of the others.
Coming Clean about Figs
Before I can give you all the specific details about this vodka and fig martini recipe, I need to come clean about something. I’ve never been a big fan of figs. Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked Fig Newtons but never purposely bought any. I’ve never had the inclination to taste a raw fig before either. Just was not a flavor that excited me. Carlos however is obsessed with black figs.
So over the course of time, I have had my eyes, and pallet, open to the diverse ways figs can be used in many different dishes and drinks, as well as be eaten on their own. I haven’t stepped over the threshold into eating them alone yet, but who knows. That is all to say that I have developed an appreciation for figs and love enjoy them in everything. This fig vodka martini is definitely a winner in my (recipe)book.
Instructions for the Fig Vodka Martini Recipe
The steps you want to take when making the Black Fig Vodka Martini are:
- Squeeze the lime juice into a shaker (with no ice). I find that 1 ounce of lime juice is usually a half of a large lime. To be 100% accurate you can squeeze the lime directly over a bar jigger to the 1 ounce mark.
- Then you want to mix the fig jam and lime juice together until the jam is fully dissolved. You can omit this step if you are in a hurry, but I find that dissolving the jam before it’s in the ice helps to incorporate the flavor easier throughout the drink.
- Once the jam is incorporated with the lime juice, add your ice, vodka, triple sec, and apple juice.
- Shake for a good 15 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a slice of fig salami or a fresh fig.
Simple as that.
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Drinks for Two
You will notice that this Fig Vodka Martini, and all of our cocktail recipes are for servings of two. We decided to do this for three reasons:
- First and foremost, we are husbands, so we are rarely drinking alone. We suspect that if you are making our cocktails, you are drinking with a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, or a friend in general.
- Second, it makes it easier to pour full ounces of liquids than deal with all the halves and three quarters.
- Third, if you are drinking alone, you probably will want to get that second round in your glass without having to make the cocktail recipe again. As for the third and fourth round, you’ll have to make the recipe again.... unless, you click on the “2x” modifier in the recipe card and make two batches at the same time. ;)
Other recipes with black figs
If you are interested in learning a little more about figs, check out our Vanilla Fig Ice Cream recipe where we talk more about figs. As I mentioned before, Carlos loves figs, and over the years we have created a number of recipes that have figs. If you love figs, here are a few of them for you to try:
- Kalamata Fig Vinaigrette
- Sausage Bites with Fig Mustard
- Easy Rugelach with Jam Walnut Filling
- Walnut Macaroon Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves
Will you try this Fig Vodka Martini Recipe?
Have you tried a cocktail with fig yet? If not, I highly recommend it. Why not try this easy vodka fig martini recipe? If you have had a fig martini before, I would love to hear from you. What kind of fig martini was it? What was in it, and where did you see/drink it? And of course, did you love, like or hate it? Leave me a comment below. I would love to know.
Wishing you a Fig-tastic Week!
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